Queen Of Katwe

BBB.5 (out of 5) A soccer coach (David Oyelowo) struggling to make ends meet is told by two boys in his class that their mother does not want them playing soccer because there’s no money for the doctor if they get injured.  Wanting to keep them active, the coach instead teaches them to play chess, which…

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The Perez Family

BB.5 (out of 5) A Cuban family is trying to adjust to a new life in Miami in this so-so film featuring an excellent cast. Alfred Molina has finally managed to make it over to America from Cuba to join his already established wife (Anjelica Huston), but are they still the happy couple they once…

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The Namesake

BBB.5 (out of 5) Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel is brought to the big screen by director Mira Nair with wonderfully sentimental results. A Bengali man who has been living abroad goes back to India to find a wife, brings her to New York and they raise two children. The first of them, a son,…

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Amelia

BBBB (out of 5) Absorbing biopic of famed aviation legend Amelia Earhart (Hilary Swank) that improves greatly on the TV movie The Final Flight starring Diane Keaton. Director Mira Nair wisely touches on aspects of Earhart’s biography without going into unnecessary detail as she covers the period from the relationship between her subject and George…

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Kama Sutra: A Tale Of Love

BB.5 (out of 5) Sumptuously photographed but emotionally flat love story based in Indian folklore. A servant girl named Maya is brought up in the house of princess Tara until she is rejected by her mistress (Sarita Choudhury) when Tara’s new prince husband (Naveen Andrews) has sex with Maya on their wedding night. Having to…

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So Far From India

BBB.5 (out of 5) Mira Nair interviews a New York friend, like herself originally from India, and presents an examination on the life of an immigrant in America. Ashok Seth works a subway newstand after having left his homeland some years earlier. His parents, wanting to make sure he did not make an unworthy match…

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Vanity Fair

BBB (out of 5) Becky Sharp (Reese Witherspoon), the orphan child of artists who has no name or fortune, leaves the boarding school where she has worked for her education and enters the world armed with nothing but charm and ambition. Her best friend Amelia (Romola Garai) has position and is engaged since childhood to…

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Monsoon Wedding

BBBBB (out of 5) Bollywood splendour finally gets its showcase in the western world with Mira Nair’s exquisite film. Essentially it takes place in the days before a big family wedding, and how original is that story, but in reality it’s so much more. Each character is given their due in the delightful script, and…

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